Bears (4-3) at Bills (2-6)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS - Nick Wo­j­ton

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, New Era Field, Or­chard Park, New York TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: No line Bears’ keys to vic­tory: The of­fense has leaned on QB Mitchell Tru­bisky, but they’ll beat the Bills on the ground. RBs Jor­dan Howard and Tarik Co­hen have to keep the Buffalo front seven on their toes against the run and in the air. Youth­ful Buffalo LBs Tre­maine Ed­munds and Matt Mi­lano have strug­gled at times against op­pos­ing run­ning backs. When teams run well against the Bills, it opens things up in the pass at­tack, too. De­fen­sively, shut­ting down Buffalo’s run game is shut­ting down the only thing the Bills do well. Buffalo’s lack of tal­ent at quar­ter­back and wide re­ceiver shows when the run game stalls.

Bills’ keys to vic­tory: The Bears are no longer a fran­chise built solely on de­fense. Chicago’s offense can hang with the best of them, en­ter­ing the game av­er­ag­ing the ninth-most points per game (27.7). On the flip side, Buffalo’s of­fense is in dead last in the same cat­e­gory. Buffalo’s de­fense has to force Bears QB Mitchell Tru­bisky into mis­takes, and that starts with sacks. If Buffalo stalls the Bears’ mo­men­tum and takes the ball away, it’ll give its lack­lus­ter offense the ex­tra chances it needs to score. If that offense does score, it’ll be be­cause the offen­sive line cre­ated space for RBs LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory.

Matchup to watch: Bears WR Tay­lor Gabriel vs. Bills CB Phillip Gaines. Buffalo’s big­gest hole on de­fense is eas­ily its No. 2 cor­ner­back spot. Can the Bears ex­ploit it?

Who wins? At the start of 2018, this was one of the only games where Ve­gas had Buffalo fa­vored. Things have changed, though, and the Bears should cruise.

Bears, 31-10 BEARS SCHED­ULE

L ..... at Green Bay ..... 24-23 W .......... Seat­tle .......... 24-17 W ....... at Ari­zona ....... 16-14 W ....... Tampa Bay ....... 48-10 Oct. 7 ............... Bye ............... L ..... at Mi­ami ..... 31-28 (OT) L ..... New Eng­land ..... 38-31 W ......... N.Y. Jets ......... 24-10 Nov. 4 ........ at Buf­falo ........ 1 Nov. 11 ......... Detroit ......... 1 Nov. 18 ...... Min­nesota ...... 1 Nov.22..atDetroit..12:30 Dec. 2 ..... at N.Y. Gi­ants ..... 1 Dec. 9 ........ L.A. Rams ........ 1 Dec. 16 ...... Green Bay ...... 1 Dec. 23 ..at San Fran. .. 4:05 Dec. 30 ...at Min­nesota ... 1

L ........ at Bal­ti­more ........ 47-3 L ...... L.A. Charg­ers ...... 31-20 W ......... Min­nesota ......... 27-6 L ........ at Green Bay ........ 22-0 W ........ Ten­nessee ........ 13-12 L ........ at Hous­ton ........ 20-13 L ...... at In­di­anapo­lis ...... 37-5 L ....... New Eng­land ....... 25-6 Nov. 4 .......... Chicago .......... 1 Nov. 11 ...... at N.Y. Jets ...... 1 Nov. 18 ............... Bye .............. Nov. 25 ...... Jack­sonville ...... 1 Dec. 2 .......... at Mi­ami .......... 1 Dec. 9 .......... N.Y. Jets .......... 1 Dec. 16 .......... Detroit .......... 1 Dec. 23 ..at New Eng­land ..1 Dec. 30 ........... Mi­ami ........... 1

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